Thamaravila is located a mere 15 minutes away from the main entrance of Wilpattu National Park. The resort is hidden amongst 7 acres of jungle, forest and lake that affords a stay in complete privacy in a sublime natural environment. Birdlife within the resort is plentiful. Raptors hover low in the sky. At night, owls and bats hang from the branches. Small mammals such as giant squirrels and flying foxes adorn the trees and Indian Peafowl are easily spotted in the grounds.
The resort consists of a few luxurious tented safari tented chalets that are uniquely set on stilts high above the ground.
Each tented chalet has a thatched roof and a private verandah platform. At the rear of each chalet is an attached wooden cottage that houses a splendid luxurious bathroom with an enormous bathtub and an open air shower!
The gorgeous, thatched roof Main Block contains a spacious open plan raised wooden deck with a living area containing chic, designer furniture and a lovely dining area for guests. The side verandah has additional seating for relaxed living while watching the nearby jungles.
Wilpattu lies 140 km from Colombo Airport and 172 km from central Colombo.
Air Conditioned Vehicle
Colombo Airport - Wilpattu: 3 Hours
140 KM : 86 Miles
It is possible to travel direct to Wilpattu on arrival from Colombo Airport.
Dambulla – Wilpattu: 102 KM / 63 Miles
Kandy – Wilpattu: 156 KM / 96 Miles
East Coast – Wilpattu: 144 KM / 90 Miles
Each chalet can accommodate 3 persons in relative comfort. For larger family groups, adjoining chalets can be booked.
Thamaravila’s facilities include sports such as cricket, badminton, indoor games and a huge library of kids’ movies to keep children totally occupied.
Note: The chalets are built on stilts above the ground at a height of approx. 10 feet. Although safety railings exist, guests are requested to consider safety aspects when booking a stay at the property with infants and children below 6 years of age.
Thamaravila has a compliment of 8 staff consisting of housekeeping, service and kitchen staff.
All of our key staff are fully conversant in English and have been sourced from the leading boutique hotels in the island.
Joel Hameed is the Supervisory Manager along with Sudath who is the Resident Manager at the property.
The resort also employs many local staff from the nearby village. They mostly work behind the scenes in the garden, security and maintenance.
Wilpattu is easily the largest national park in Sri Lanka with an area of 1317 square km. It is also the oldest, having been declared a sanctuary way back during the British colonial administration in 1905!
The name means the ‘land of lakes’ with many unique ‘villus’ - natural, sand-rimmed depressions that fill with rainwater surrounded by open grassy plains amidst the dense scrub jungle.
Spotting a Leopard or a Sloth Bear would be a highlight of any safari to Wilpattu.. There are also large Elephants in the forests and a great number of Mugger Crocodiles at its waterholes.
The eastern boundary consists of the amazingly beautiful shoreline of the Puttalam Lagoon.
Wilpattu can be visited at any time of the year. The dry the period occurs during the months of May to early September, the main rainy season is during September to December. The inter monsoon season is from March to April.
The months between February and October are particularly good for wildlife encounters.
Wilpattu National Park has a good network of gravel roads that link 22 of the larger water holes where most of the wildlife is observed.
Unlike Yala to the south, Wilpattu stays open throughout the year.